Over The Counter Painkiller Equal To Vicodin?

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Congress Drops Efforts to Add Tighter Controls on Painkillers

Good news for chronic pain patients––for now at least. Last month the Senate passed a bill reauthorizing user fees for the FDA, which also included new, tougher restrictions for opioid pain medications containing hydrocodone like Vicodin and Lortab. However, when the bill went to the House on Monday, the proposed restrictions were dropped from the bill.


The reason the restrictions were removed was reportedly due to a massive lobbying effort by drug stores and pharmacists. The drug stores...

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